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DOMINO – GO GiRL July 13, 2011

Filed under: DOMINO — solarblade @ 9:05 pm

Track Listing

  1. GO GiRL
  2. Sunrise
  3. Ima
  4. BRAND NEW DAY
  5. Chocolate Muffin
  6. GO GiRL (Instrumental)

1. GO GiRL

As the A-side I was surprised by the beginning that kind of felt groovy.  To me GO GiRL by the trio of DOMINO is the summer song from the group and it shows that quite blatantly.  The tune does a few things great and it’s catchy for some reason.  Sometimes I feel like they aren’t totally singing and just getting by with the synths and beats helping out.  Girly and definitely fitting for the hot season.

2. Sunrise

I like that the trio toned thing slightly down after “GO GiRL”.  Not much though since there’s still a constant beat and synths abound.  At least Yu-Mi, Shiori, and Mayu are actually singing and not speak/singing like the previous tunes.  I actually enjoyed this tune more than the previous one for sure and sounds like a good kind of summery song.

3. Ima

After two upbeat songs, Ima comes in as the single’s R&B ballad (well as close to one) and I also fell for the song since it’s probably the best tune to listen to their vocals.  I don’t know why but the first gal to sing has the best set of vocals IMO since it’s light and smooth while the other two vocals aren’t as such.  It’s nice, but since it’s one of those R&B songs, I tend to forget about the song anyways.

4. BRAND NEW DAY

Bringing the fun atmosphere back up, BRAND NEW DAY works just a bit like “GO GiRL” but a little more concrete with its arrangement and even though it gives off the same vibes from the A-side, this is much better of representation of the trio.  Nothing too wrong found here and the song is pretty enjoyable.

5. Chocolate Muffin

As the mini-album comes to a close, Chocolate Muffin is probably my favorite song off the single but it’s so light and cute to listen to and the vocals aren’t crappy either.  I think what caught me the most was the fact that the song was more acoustic than the previous tracks and it’s pretty unique on the single.  Need more songs like these.

As the trio’s first mini-album since debuting under SONY, DOMINO’s GO GiRL is my first release that I’ve listened to and for the most part I’m rather not phased by them.  I mean it is the typical summer release but I didn’t think the main track did much for me when the other tracks literally took over.  I do think three of the songs were passable while two weren’t.  I think I need to backtrack to the previous four singles for a much better vibe from them.

 

GACKT – Episode.0

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 8:05 pm

Track Listing

  1. Episode.0
  2. Paranoid Doll
  3. Episode.0 (Instrumental)
  4. Paranoid Doll (Instrumental)

1. Episode.0

It’s been a while, but I feel like GACKT has never left.  Episode.0 sounds pretty damn epic of a song since it’s got this longing kind of feeling mixed with a mid-tempo rock arrangement.  So it’s not like “EVER” or even “ZAN” for that matter but slowing things down slightly is not a terrible thing either and I think it sounds pretty cool and epic from GACKT…though he might wanna tone down on his vibrato a bit…kind of is a bit much places.

2. Paranoid Doll

I’m not sure what’s with all of the hub-bub of Paranoid Doll besides the fact that it and “Episode.0” were winners of a contest held on Nico Nico Douga with how users that use Gackpoid to create a song.  I found this was a pretty interesting concept and I actually prefer Paranoid Doll to the A-side.  I don’t really know why, but I think I fell in love with GACKT’s vocals more than the last track and the arrangement has a bit more spice to it I think.  Good song though.

 

 

It’s strange to think that in the last two years GACKT was a release hound and now, it’s just even strange that it’s been almost a full year since he’s release his last single, “EVER”.  Episode.0 is a nice comeback even though the single was made from a contest of Gackpoid songs.  I wonder if the originals are somewhere on the interwebs…Anyways Good songs, not too amazing like a couple of his last ones but this is an alright single ^_^

 

School Food Punishment – Prog-Roid

Filed under: school food punishment — solarblade @ 7:05 pm

Track Listing

  1. free quiet
  2. RPG
  3. in bloom
  4. Utsurou, Sangatsu
  5. are
  6. Ura Omote
  7. Halation
  8. flashback trip syndrome
  9. Hikari
  10. Y/N

1. free quiet

Starting up SFP’s sophomore album, free quiet surprised me since it starts with just piano and Yumi.  I like that further in the song the piano melody gets a bit more synthetic and grows a bit more stronger as time goes by.  I’m surprised that none of the band members are really present but I still think this was an interesting start to the album…slow but smooooth.

2. RPG

As the only A-side to represent the album, I guess it’s pretty good that we got this song out of the way early on.  Like I said it really sounds like a song that felt like it would’ve fit more on “amp-reflection” since it sounds like a couple of the songs on their…especially “future nova”.  Not to say it’s not a bad song since this is a pretty catchy tune and doesn’t stray from what I love about SFP.

3. in bloom

Since the rest of the album is fully brand new, I’m quite excited by looking through the tracks.  Starting with in bloom, It stands out as a much brighter pop tune from the band with more focus with the piano and acoustic guitars and drums (so the band and so much the synthetic stuff).  If it wasn’t for the synths, I’d be like…am I listening to miwa?!?

4. Utsurou, Sangatsu

Yay for more experimental SFP!!!  Utsurou, Sangatsu tones things down again after the last two tracks, but this one has a more light electro feel to it with a repetitive synth melody but not the way I’m explaining it XD.  It’s a very low-key kind of song like “free quiet” but a little more forward on the electronics.

5. ≠

Ehhh? a symbol for a track title…more or less one that’s used in mathematics?  I call the song “Does not equal to” since that is what the symbol essentially means.  I like the lighthearted-ness about this song and to me it does feel like a more jazzier sounding “in bloom” which isn’t bad, but maybe a little since it doesn’t really show much difference cept there’s a lot more piano and there’s blips of brass used here as well.  Otherwise the song stands out a little more than the compared song so that’s pretty good.

6. are

More electronic randomness?  I loved their electro song, “Kakenukeru” from their last album so much and I’m guess are is that song on this album since it doesn’t feature much of the band itself more than just having Yumi and synths involved and I loved the song’s quirky side very much.  The thing I would’ve liked more would’ve been a heavier beat, but this’ll do…cute and fun to listen to!!!

7. Ura Omote

However, I wasn’t expecting some 8-bit stuff to be added to School Food Punishment’s arsenal to use in a song and Ura Omote filled up that space quite nicely!  I’d say this is like some of the great B-sides that SFP has released in both eras and I just find myself loving this song quite a bit.  It’s upbeat and has a funky sound to it, especially with that bass line played by Atsushi.  It’s definitely one of the more unique songs off the album for sure.

8. Halation

So we get back to some regular ethereal pop/rock stuff from the band.  Halation for me stands out since it once again leaves me a “Kakenukeru” vibes right up until the chorus where things slow down a bit which is a pretty epic move for them.  I love the buzzing synths to and it just stands out to me.  Add in Yumi’s vocals and it just fits really nicely.  Great song.

9. flashback trip syndrome

Oddly enough, us fans of SFP have actually known of the song even before “RPG’s” release since it had a pretty good tie-in.  Of the songs on the album, I thought flashback trip syndrome gave me deja vu moments back to their debut single, “futuristic imagination” but that’s not bad at all because the song is just as strong and Yumi gives a pretty amazing performance here.  One of the best songs off the album IMHO.

10. Hikari

Another sort-of ballad from the band?  I love how they started Hikari by having filtered sound before the fuzz clears up and the band enters the song.  I’m a little taken aback to hear Yumi under filters in the song like she’s singing through a megaphone or something like that.  I wish she wasn’t under it the entire track and is my only true complaint about the song.

11. Y/N

Closing the album out is Y/N which seems to be the normal SFP song but this time they added xylophone to mix things up and I was pretty much excited for the song, but once again I feel like it sounds like a couple of previous songs from them.  It’s a very cute and upbeat kind of song and various parts make me giggle on the inside like the piano solo in the interlude….quick-paced and too cuuute.

Tracks Recommended

  • flashback trip syndrome
  • Ura Omote
  • are
  • Halation
  • Y/N

Song of Avoidance

  • Hikari

I wasn’t too surprised by the fact that Prog-Roid didn’t surpass amp-reflection simply because the songs didn’t truly stick as easily like the tunes from their debut nor the band really did much experimentation (no angry song makes me frown BTW).  Still it’s one of the better albums of the year oddly enough (then again not my albums this year so far have made my jaw drop sooooo).